I'm having an awful time startng a new row. I end up with a tangled mess, and lose the pattern completely. Anyone know any tricks for keeping the first row straight while you try to add the next one?
Are you using the two needle method of RAW or the single needle?
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I am not really know what your problem may be, but it could be just a tension problem, or it could be you are missing a step. Incase it is the later I have found a tutorial that may help you get the next row started.
Hope this helps. http://bnb. jewelry making magazines.com/How%20To/Basics/Square%20Stitch/2001/07/Right-angle%20weave.aspx
sorry you will have to do a copy and paste, then take the extra spaces out. as I tried to hyperlink it for you, and it went to the moderators that we no longer have. HaHa just our way of sending things into cyberspace.
It could be uneven tension. After you get the first row completed you could run a thin wire through the bottom beads and see if that helps with keeping the row straight so you aren't fighting the tension and trying to keep it from going wonky.
tcwhit, RAW can get floppy and confused. One problem could be that you are using thread/line that is not thick enough to hold the shape. I learned RAW with 4mm firepolished beads and Nymo D that was stretched before use. With decent tension on the work it held it's shape enough to not get confusing at the end of the row. If you are just learning it, try it with larger beads and thicker line, until you become familiar with where you are going at the end of a row. My learning project was a series of five rectangles of 3x4 rows of RAW and then connected to make a bracelet. By making smaller groupings, I got plenty of practice in rows and turning etc. Wish I could help you more. Donna
Ok, tried it with some larger size and heavier thread. I thought it was going along well untill i hit the end of the 5th row.... I'm missing and skipping I guess. I'm going to try that earlier pin suggestion, and at the same time, change bead color in each row. That should help me get the hang of it, no? But gee, isn't this method fun to take apart?